By Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor 10:37AM GMT 22 Feb 2013
Scotland’s wealthiest private landowners are on course to earn around £1 billion in rental fees from wind farm companies, according to a book published yesterday by a senior Tory politician.Struan Stevenson, a Conservative MEP, estimated the sum will be paid over the next eight years to at least a dozen landowners willing to allow turbines on their estates and farms. He suggested the wealthiest Scots are benefiting from the spread of wind farms at the expense of consumers, who have to heavily subsidise the technology in their energy bills.
Among the landowners named in the book is the Duke of Roxburghe, who, he estimated, could earn £1.5 million a year from turbines erected in the Lammermuir Hills. Titled So Much Wind – The Myth of Green Energy, the book also claims that the spread of wind farms is leading to a new wave of Clearances as families are forced to move away by the construction of industrial turbines. It was published as MSPs debated Alex Salmond’s plan to generate the equivalent of all Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by the end of the decade….To Read More….
My Take – Okay….so who’s fault is all of that? This whole thing is an effort of misdirection. Someone was going to benefit financially and it was known from the very beginning that the consumer was going to suffer serious economic consequences for this greenie scam on humanity. So now the media wants to blame the wealthy! We need to stop looking for boogeymen and look at real culprits….where the finger of blame really belongs. And who are they? The greenies, their acolytes in government and yes……they need to point the finger of blame on themselves……..the media. The media is now getting upset, but where were they ten years ago? It was obvious to the most casual observer this was going to happen and they said little or nothing because most of them corruptly jumped onto the greenie band wagon. And now they still can't bring themselves to strongly attack these greenie misanthropes. Sure, they are upset, but are they upset because the greenies and their supporters are irrational, misanthropic and morally defective. Or are they upset because wealthy people are making large amounts of money as a result of the lies of the green movement? So who are the horrible people here? The liars or the land owners? Even if there were efforts by landowners to promote this to their benefit, it was the greenies who made it all happen. Solution? End the subsidies and then the newspapers will be beside themsleves happily reporting that the wealthy arn't making money off energy production.